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Author(s): Buckley, Ronald Paul
Public places in which commercial transactions occur. The term aswāq, “markets,” occurs in two places in the Qurʾān, but is used incidentally to indicate that the prophets were men who shared the same nature as those they were sent to teach: “What sort of a messenger is this who eats food and walks through the markets?” ( q 25:7); “And the messengers whom we sent before you all ate food and walked through the markets” ( q 25:20; see prophets and prophethood; food and drink; messenger; impeccability). The Qurʾān makes no reference to any particular market (see city; geography; pre-islamic arabi…